Today we did the speedy version of the West
Macdonnell Ranges. We condensed our trip from a full day into 5 hours. With me as the tour guide I knew we could do it!
Our agenda was to be on the road by 9am which we were. We were to return the van that had been our home for the last 6 days, by 3:30pm. I will miss the van but I’m also looking forward to having just a car AND hotel beds 🙂 though having said that I would o another motorhome holiday.
The van has given us lots of laughs tho. Everything needs to be locked away to travel and so we got into a pattern of “attendant , cross check all doors, prepare the cabin and take your seat ready for take off” . I think though, only the poorest quality airline would give me a job based on my record here. We had a tv shunt out of its cupboard, a crockery door glide out and some food roll out of the fridge. It was always a laugh.but the weirdest one was the pots and pans cupboard. It had a roller door without a lock as in theory once closed that’s how they stay…theory is always good 🙂 Well, we had the cheekiest frypan. No matter how I placed it in the cupboard, where I placed it, slowly on any drive, smooth or bumpy, it would work its handle out, wave at us , then proceed to push open the roller odor. It was a possessed frypan for sure. It should have been happy that I had never worked it on the journey..or perhaps it needed to be needed. 🙂
Then, when things weren’t throwing themselves at us we were constantly having to watch and rewatch the instructional dvd to see how to do things. Once we even had to call the help line. Who would know to hold a BBQ gas button down to light it 🙂
Anyway back to our sightseeing !
Stop one- Simpsons Gap, the home of the black footed wallaby. The cliffs towered over us as we walked along the path of yet another dry creek bed. We were lucky enough to see a rock wallaby bounding on the high rocky outcrop. At the gap was a small waterholes trickling into a larger one. We couldn’t test the water temp as it is requested you don’t enter the water. Having seen the gap, taken photos we hot footed off to our next port of call.
Stop two – Ellery Creek Waterhole. We had to travel a 2km compressed earth road to get to it- very bumpy and this aided and abetted the frypan coming out of its cupboard haha. This is a huge waterhole and the water was cold! Just dipped my fingers in to test out the sign that told me it was very cold 🙂 Again took photos and off we went.
Stop three- Ochre Pits. The ochre here is still used in sacred ceremonies and as such it is a sacred site. For that reason you are not allowed to climb, take ochre or use it. Of course the $20000 fine if you do held no deterrent to some. Why is it so hard for some to visit places and yet not respect the laws of the land?? These same people no doubt would carry on big time if prosecuted. The colours were wonderful in the wall, a variety of reds golds and white.
Then we hit the road for the last time in our van. In Alice Springs we parked and finished the clean up of the van and replaced our suitcases. Here the Aboriginal women roam selling art work for $10 . Brian bought one. I have no answers but the disparity between the haves and have nots here is just sad. The man that showed us around Telegraph Station spoke of this to us to. Another thing I must google to gain information about.
Van was returned and we were back in the hotel again. Same room…same upgrade ha ha. Tomorrow we will be Darwin bound in the afternoon.